Growing Celery - The Basics
The yield from planting a mixture of sour cherries, walnuts, hazelnuts and cracked corn, combined with a small bunch of pears will be more than sufficient for a small plot of land. Sowing: Keep seedling deep, sowing brilliant red celery seeds inside in medium-high flats, six seeds/ft, one-half deep; keep damp with moist soil temperature between seventy - eighty; plant in full sun. When the plants appear to be about eight to ten inches tall, they are about ripe for picking.
When you harvest your crop, it will be soft, succulent and sweet. When you remove the fruit from the vines, it will be green with strong flavour and sour to taste. Your crop is complete when you cut off the green "tops" and peel the white "pores". The white part contains the most nutritious, richest quality of the fruit. The inner flesh has been very nutritious, but the outer skin is not as beneficial.
The best fruits to harvest from your crop are the ones which contain the best and most nutritious pulp. When you harvest celeriac seeds and prunes, you have the best quality seeds or prunes, but you can use any other quality fruit. Do not let the skins remain on the stems, but collect them in a strainer as soon as possible. If you do not have a strainer, simply take the stems off the stems and discard them.
Seeds or pods should be thrown away because they will not produce further fruits or vegetables. Seeds are very small, so you will need to keep the germination period to a minimum. It can take up to 2 weeks of germination before the plants start growing and producing flowers. The flowering period can last from one to two weeks, depending on the variety you are growing.
Pruning the plants will encourage germination. Remove the dead and broken stems from the seedlings and discard them. New seedlings can be sown in the garden for a few days before the growing season. You should sow the seeds about one to 2 inches deep into the ground, but make sure that the seeds are in an area that receives ample sunlight, or it may not germinate properly.
Celeriac seeds or prunes are available at most health food stores and specialty seed suppliers. It is possible to grow these seeds at home, but it will take a bit more work and attention to detail than if you were planting them in a garden. A number of sources are available to purchase these seeds or prunes from. In Australia, seeds are sold at a local farm and food store. The Internet also provides many options for buyers, although the quality and variety may be somewhat limited.
Growing celery in a traditional soil structure such as clay, sand, gravel or rock is not recommended. If you are growing seedlings or small plants, they will need to have plenty of extra, healthy nutrients to ensure their success. The nutrient value of the soil should match that of the seeds. There are several organic fertilizers available to improve the soil structure and make it better suited for growing vegetables. A soil test should be performed prior to planting.
Celery can be sown in spring, summer, fall or winter, but they need careful planning to get established. The main difference with seedlings is that they do not have a root system of their own and rely on the nutrients and moisture provided by the soil to survive. If the roots are damaged, the plants will not survive. Most seedlings should be planted from seedlings taken from the garden, unless it is extremely difficult to find match plants to fill in the gap created by the removal of the natural gardener. In this instance, it is best to grow traditional vegetables from other sources. The best advice for planting is to start with a well-drained, rich soil structure, and to plant enough seedlings to provide the amount of nutrition the family needs.